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You’ll find Short Stories and Chinese readers that I wrote or edited for Chinese learners to practice their reading and comprehension.

They are rated on or between the following three levels:

  • Beginner

can recognize about 500 Chinese characters

have very limited vocabulary based on those characters

understand very basic sentence structure

 

  • Elementary

can recognize 500 to 1500 Chinese characters

have built up a vocabulary base big enough to understand simple articles and conversations

understand frequently used sentence structures

 

  • Intermediate

can recognize 1500 to 2500 Chinese characters

have grasped a good amount of vocabulary to understand articles and conversations with more in-depth

capable of understanding various sentence patterns, compound words and long sentences

can randomly read through a general topic article with good comprehension without look-up


Have you ever tried to read mini novel in Chinese? Here is a very “mini” one … 

分手 (Beginner to Elementary)

婉君 (Elementary to Intermediate)

她的故事 (Intermediate)

Happy Halloween! Let’s celebrate with a Chinese ghost story (Elementary to Intermediate)

我身后的眼睛 (Elementary)

Best Micro Fiction Award from Sina: flash story 戒指 [The Ring] (Elementary)

失踪 (Elementary)

短信 (Elementary)

Someone that can tell a both short and sad story (in Chinese) [Elementary Level]

窗外 (Elementary)

罪恶有痕 (Intermediate to Advanced)

推销员 (Elementary)

心锁 (Elementary)

爱的往事 (Elementary)

李曼的决心 (Elementary)

电脑里的妈妈 (Beginner)

河平面馆 (Beginner to Elementary)

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73 Responses to “short stories”

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    Rodney Zhu:

    04-07-2014 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much for these stories! Reading is one of the best ways to learn a language and these are more interesting to read than translated children books.

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      Grace Feng:

      04-08-2014 3:10 am

      You’re welcome, Rodney. Glad to know that you find them interesting. :-)

      I’ll keep writing more stories for adult learners. Stay tuned.

      Grace

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    Christopher:

    06-07-2014 2:30 pm

    What a great site to stumble onto! I find myself searching constantly for new ways to learn and have been looking for stories that I can read without spending more time looking words up than actually reading. I’m excited to explore your site and continue my learning Chinese. 我爱中文!

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      Grace Feng:

      06-07-2014 7:44 pm

      Thanks for your note and welcome to JLC, Christopher!

      Hope you those stories can bring you a bit of joy.

      Feel free to ask questions if you have, thanks!

      Grace

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        peter "ton" lim:

        07-07-2014 4:52 am

        Your site is fantastic. You have positively taken advantage of technology as tool. Learning becomes so cpnvenient, and literally, a pleasure. My congratulations.

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    Grace Feng:

    07-09-2014 3:44 am

    Thanks Peter!

    Grace

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    namebj:

    12-24-2014 8:08 pm

    I also recently began using this site almost every day. Thanks for all the great stories, your grammar & vocab lessons. They make my learning so much more interesting!

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      Grace Feng:

      12-24-2014 10:11 pm

      Thanks for your note, Ben!

      So glad to hear that the blog is helpful for you. :-)

      圣诞快乐!

      Grace

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    Varun Chaudhry:

    02-28-2015 7:23 am

    Thank you Grace !
    I have read a few short stories on your blog and found them extremely useful for learning characters. I am yet to explore the other sections on this blog.
    Could you please suggest me some ways to build my vocabulary?
    Thanks again for your help.

    – Varun

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      Grace Feng:

      03-01-2015 6:06 am

      Hi Varun,

      Talking about vocabulary building, it’s better to be worked on from all angles. Above all, reading is the most helpful way. Choose the level that you’re comfortable of reading, make your best guess at new words from context, look them up and write them down on a notebook or app for repeatative review. Try to actively use the new words or expression you encountered and learned, either through speaking or writing.

      Listening to Chinese will help a lot too. Story reading, news, movie or songs. Anything that might trigger your interest in one way or another. There are plenty of resources your can listen to or watch on this site. Just explore the posts under “Listening and Reading”, “Movie”, “Songs” etc. There are also web sites recommended under “Resources”.

      The last but not the least – persistence! Persistence pays off.

      为你加油!

      Grace

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    Himmel:

    04-07-2015 4:03 am

    Hi Grace,

    I chance upon your website today and I think what you are doing is great! I’m a Chinese who does not know how to read 90% of Chinese characters but able to speak simple Chinese with friends and family. Will try to make it a point to visit your website on a daily basis and learn more. Thank you.

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      Grace Feng:

      04-07-2015 1:40 pm

      Hi Himmel, welcome!

      Since you can speak some Chinese, you’re already ahead of the game. You’ll sure to get some where if you make your learning a habit. :-)

      Feel free to ask questions anytime.

      Cheers,

      Grace

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    ZACH:

    05-19-2015 12:43 am

    WHY IS THERE NO BEGINNER STORIES IN THIS SHORT STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

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      Grace Feng:

      05-20-2015 4:16 am

      Hi Zach, yes, “分手“ is the lowest level story and that is not even on complete Beginner level. Have you read that one? do you feel it’s difficult to read?

      I’m actually working on a couple low level ones and hopefully I can post them sooner.

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    name梅若琳:

    05-30-2015 11:01 pm

    I’m reading traces of sin right now and I love it! It’s such a good way to expand my Chinese vocabulary and practice reading. Thank you!

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      Grace Feng:

      06-01-2015 3:16 am

      不用谢, 梅若琳, 很高兴看到你的留言。 :-)

      Grace

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    Kevin:

    08-05-2015 8:23 am

    Hi, just wanted to say great site.
    One little thing, The link to the story- “Chinese Short Story 心锁 Lock of The Heart [Elementary Level] 42”- leads to page 32, not page 42.

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      Grace Feng:

      08-06-2015 1:16 am

      It’s corrected now. Thanks for letting me know, Kevin. :-)

      Grace

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    From Iran:

    08-20-2015 8:22 am

    Really Really thanks. it was a long time i was looking for classified stories like these for learners. but since i have no access to chinese market i wasnt able to find any. hope u will add even more stories.

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      Grace Feng:

      08-20-2015 2:00 pm

      I will. A new one will be posted next week.

      Thanks for dropping by, my Iran friend. :-)

      Grace

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    ipal:

    10-14-2015 2:04 pm

    wow, your website really help me a lot in learning mandarin. Really appreciate your effort. Many thanks Grace.

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    Chaan:

    10-18-2015 4:58 am

    I just wanted to say thank you very much. This might be the best Chinese learning website, my opinion.
    Thailand

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      Grace Feng:

      10-18-2015 4:12 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Chaan. :-)

      It’s my pleasure to help.

      Cheers,

      Grace

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    R:

    10-27-2015 9:30 am

    Very useful site and I love the popup translation. One suggestion would be to have to have the “Frequency” of a character in the popup description. Like they have in Pleco, that way you know which characters to focus on learning and which are less important.

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      Grace Feng:

      10-27-2015 11:26 pm

      Hi R, that’s a very good suggestion. I will pass it on to the owner of the pop up translation site (mandarinspot.com).

      Grace

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    Chris:

    04-11-2016 7:18 am

    As with many people on here, I want to express my thanks to the author of all these short stories. I really enjoy these stories, and I am finding them very helpful. Your effort and time is greatly appreciated.

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      Grace Feng:

      04-12-2016 4:15 am

      Hi Chris, you’re welcome. It’s my pleasure to help. :)

      Grace

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    Kim Wright:

    05-06-2016 10:57 am

    Thank you so much Grace Feng. Your site on “JustLearnChinese.com” is absolutely brilliant and very helpful, so much, words can’t express how helpful/useful it is. I’ve been learning Chinese for around 6 months now and I consider myself still a beginner. Admittedly, I understand a fair amount of words but there have been gaps to further my understanding. I happened upon your site today recommended by http://www.saporedicina.com/ and it appears to clarify those areas for me with gaps. Your site is very comprehensive (not perfect no site is or can be) up there with the best of the best of sites to learning Chinese. I’m a happy camper thanks to you and I thank you kindly :0)

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      Grace Feng:

      05-11-2016 4:16 am

      Hi Kim, you’re very welcome.

      Thank you for your kind note and I’m so happy to know that the site is able to help you in certain ways. Six months is still early to make big leaps. I truly believe that patience is the key in language learning. It’s like growing a plant. If you check every hour, you’ll be disappointed at the speed of growth. If you stop checking, focus on watering, it only takes days to see the transformation.

      Hope you keep watering your plant. I’ll be waiting patiently to see you transform. :-)

      Cheers,

      Grace

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    Lotfollah:

    07-03-2016 8:03 am

    Hi Grace

    I can’t thank you enough.You are such a lovely and generous teacher for all humans.My wife and I have

    been learning Chinese for 9 months now .Without your website learning would have been almost impossible

    We are Iranian and fond of learning languages.Your stories make the readers dream magnificent forms of

    Lifestyles they could not have imagined before reading them.

    With lots of love
    Mehri and Lotfi

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      Grace Feng:

      07-03-2016 3:17 pm

      Hi Mehri and Lotfi,

      It’s such a happy surprise to read your lovely message after two days outage of the site. Thank you, your feedback makes all the efforts to maintain it worthy. :-)

      I have Iranian friends in my real life, they are very friendly and intelligent. I do feel honoured to know that my stories had helped bring joy to your daily learning. :-) That gives me more motivation to write more.

      All the best to you and your wife.

      Grace

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    huong:

    10-11-2016 3:54 am

    So glad i found your site. Such an excellent job!
    Thank you!

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    Mehri and Lotfi:

    11-11-2016 3:06 pm

    Hi again very dear Grace

    We have read your new story.Your stories not only teach us Chinese language and culture but also

    precious life lessons to learn.Once we start reading a story we can not put it down until it is finished.

    We have already read ten episodes of the new story and like impatient children can’t wait to see the other

    three parts added.We wish there was something highly precious to present you with instead for you

    generous painstaking for teaching us.Nothing can all the love we can send you from the bottom of our

    hearts.

    We love you so much

    Mehri and Lotfi

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      Grace Feng:

      11-11-2016 8:01 pm

      Hi Mehri and Lotfi,

      Thank you for your very kind and warm letter. I do feel guilty being so slow on updating this story.

      Good that I just got some free time today to finish the last three mini chapters. 11 is posted today, 12 and 13 will be posted on Nov 13 and Nov 15.

      I feel so honored to know that the stories I wrote had helped you a lot. That’s the best motivation to help me carry on. :-)

      Love,

      Grace

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        Lotfi Mehri:

        11-12-2016 7:35 am

        Dear grace

        Thanks for your kind reply.

        With lots of love

        Mehri & Lotfi

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    Jack:

    12-04-2016 3:07 pm

    Thank you for this site! It’s awesome to have stories to read in chinese but also the audio recording of you reading them so I can actually learn how to pronounce what I read. I download all the audio tapes and listen to them on my phone everyday!

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      Grace Feng:

      12-07-2016 5:08 am

      You’re welcome Jack. It’s a pleasure to help with my knowledge and voice.

      :-)

      Grace

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    Debora:

    01-16-2017 11:04 am

    Hi Grace, i really need to thank you. Your story helped me a lot to learn mandarin in beginner level, it is very easy to understand and have good plot! i think I’m making progress in writing sentences and essay, also in understanding Chinese grammar. Keep on sharing your knowledge!

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      Grace Feng:

      01-21-2017 4:15 am

      Hi Debora, it’s very glad to see that you’re making progress on Chinese comprehension and writing now by reading those stories.

      Hope you can keep improving it and never give up.

      Thank you and welcome to JLC.

      Grace

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    Miguel:

    03-19-2017 1:05 am

    Hi Grace.
    Thank you so much for these amazing stories! 太感谢你!

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      Grace Feng:

      03-20-2017 4:11 am

      You’re welcome, Miguel, glad to help. :-)

      Grace

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    Lotfollah mottaghi:

    04-30-2017 7:47 am

    Very very dear Grace

    We’re back here again to give you the good news.Can you guess what it is of’course you can.Now we can watch CCTV movies,series,documentaries, news, music etc.As the best reward for a teacher is the result of her painstaking so we’d love to grant you this prize on teacher’s day which is the day after tomorrow in Iran.You really are a heavenly angel of God on earth Grace.You’re very kind and down to earth.We’re speechless when appreciating you.We can’t thank you enough. As a new language is a new life you have given us a new life.
    Best regards and wishes
    Lotfi and Mehri

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      Grace Feng:

      05-02-2017 4:17 am

      Hi Lotfi and Mehri,

      Thank you so much for letting me know your amazing improvement on Chinese learning! CCTV programs, wow, that is really impressive!

      You’re right, there’s no better reward for a teacher than watching her students to achieve the impossible. You just did it to me, giving me the best ever reward for the efforts I’ve made to this site. :-)

      May the two of you blossom in the new life you earned, and help the people around you with the new language power you obtained.

      Stay in touch…

      :-)
      Grace

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    Ming:

    05-02-2017 12:16 am

    Hi Grace

    I have looking for a website like this for a long time and only stumble across yours only last week. Listening to short stories is a great way to learn, absorbing the pronunciation and accent gradually.

    I find your website extremely useful. Keep up the good work.

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      Grace Feng:

      05-02-2017 4:21 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Ming. I will go on as always.

      Hope you will keep up the good work on your side too. :-)

      Grace

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    Ming:

    05-19-2017 3:26 am

    Hi Grace

    Let me introduce myself so that my comment and question may make more sense. My parents were from China but i was born in Malaysia. I went through British school in Malaysia, and speaks basic Cantonese at home. I pick up a certain amount of Mandarin from action Chinese movies those days.

    Left for Australia after high school and been in Australua since. About 20 years ago i spend a couple of years in Chinese night classes.

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      Grace Feng:

      05-22-2017 5:26 am

      Thanks for sharing your story with me, Ming. It’s always a pleasure to read about my reader’s life, journey and experiences.

      Hope this site can help you know more about your root. :-)

      Grace

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    Diamond Cubers:

    06-09-2017 5:16 pm

    Hi Grace,

    I would like to ask what does this phrase mean? ‘饮水思源’

    Thanks alot! And I also love your stories too!I hope you reply soon :D

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    Diamond Cubers:

    06-09-2017 5:17 pm

    Hi Grace,

    I would like to ask what does this phrase mean? ‘饮水思源’

    Thanks alot! And I also love your stories too!I hope you reply soon :D
    Although I like your stories alot it also acutally helps me in my chinese language too!

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      Grace Feng:

      06-15-2017 4:38 am

      Hi Diamond,

      This idiom ‘饮水思源’ means “Be grateful to the well digger while you drink the water from the well.”

      When you use this idiom, you want to remind people that when they feel happy and comfortable, they should not forget those who built up the foundation for their happiness and comfort.

      For example:

      没有这条公路, 就没有小镇的今天。我们应该饮水思源, 去看看当年主张修路的老镇长。
      Without this road, this town will not be where it is today. We should be grateful and pay a visit to the old mayor who made it happen at that time.

      Does it help?

      Grace

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    khun ret kham hti:

    07-30-2017 5:05 am

    Hi!
    I have looking for a website like this for a long time. Listening to short stories and all lessons are great way to learn chinses. Your web site is very useful for me. Thank you very much all teacher.

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    Ming:

    08-31-2017 1:47 am

    Just rereading some of the elementary level stories. My word recognition is gradually improving. Just a comment that some of the later stories have a much smaller print, particularly from “The Salesman” onwards. This makes the more complicated character strokes is quite difficult to see, depending on screen size and resolution.

    Thanks Grace again for these stories. Hope all is well with you.

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